Who We Are


Justin Bedard – Executive Director

Justin Bedard – Executive Director

Born in Lilongwei, Malawi, Justin Bedard spent his childhood playing in the islands of Indonesia and his formative years exploring the depth and history of culture in China. He now lives in Bangkok, Thailand and is the Executive Director of the JUMP! Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise focused on leadership development. Justin has a strong passion for community development and educational innovation, and he is recognized for his commitment to youth programs around the world. Justin has filled his life with adventure guiding, organizational consulting, leadership facilitation, community development, and time playing in the wilderness. He is a co-founder of the JUMP! Foundation and has been a key driving force behind JUMP’s growth and development since 2006.

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Stuart Clark – Director of JUMP! Global

Stuart Clark – Director of JUMP! Global

Stuart has a passion for helping people, groups and organizations reach their highest potential and make a positive difference in their communities. He has a background in leadership training, team-building, experiential education, wilderness guiding, youth and child services, non-profit organizational consulting and community development.

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Rick Dobbie – Operations Director

Rick Dobbie – Operations Director

Rick is an ex-Australian Army Officer with extensive leadership training and facilitation experience. Military appointments included command of a Leopard Tank Squadron and he was the inaugural Director of the Australian Defence Force Peacekeeping Centre. Rick has held a variety of specific training appointments that included responsibility for the personal development and leadership training of naval and military officers within the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and for regional defence forces as instructor, guidance officer and mentor. Rick has widespread experience in experiential learning and has developed, designed and conducted many leadership and team building programs for multi-national corporations as well as for secondary school students.

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Lars Nielsen – Operations Manager

Lars Nielsen – Operations Manager

Lars is Danish but has been living overseas for the last 15 years, either as a Peacekeeper in Bosnia & Kosovo, a summer camp Counselor & Director in New England, or an outdoor experiential education Instructor, Coordinator, Manager & Director in Hong Kong and Thailand. He’s a Science & Physical Education teacher but soon switched the classroom with the great outdoors, feeling that youth needs to learn more than what’s taught in school to be successful and fully rounded individuals and global citizens. With a young son, Lars interests of flying and caving have recently been superseded by more paternal endeavors.

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Lindsay Bailey – Bangkok Partnership Manager

Lindsay Bailey – Bangkok Partnership Manager

Lindsay grew up in a small town in northern Ontario, Canada. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from the University of Guelph, Lindsay explored her passion for culture, traveling, and food by moving to India. Living there, she discovered her interest in community development while working for a small NGO in Jaipur.

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Carson Townsend – International Partnership Manager

Carson Townsend – International Partnership Manager

Carson hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico, home of the most beautiful sky in the world. Carson has lived in Chile, Morocco, Spain, and New England (which he considers to be a foreign country), and over the course of his escapades, he has developed a passion for coffee-snobbery, urban cycling, and youth empowerment, the lattermost passion leading him to JUMP!

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Vanessa Nsouli – Senior Project Advisor

Vanessa Nsouli – Senior Project Advisor

Growing up in South America, Vanessa dreamed of traveling the world to explore new cultures. Her first big move was to Canada. With a BSc in Molecular Biology from the University of Toronto she began her career in Healthcare. She dedicated herself, and after several promotions became Product Manager to the largest private clinic in Canada. However, with time she began to feel that her job was no longer providing her with the challenges and the fulfillment she was seeking.

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Aditi Agrawal – GLC Manager @ Ivanhoe Grammar School and Australia Partnerships

Aditi Agrawal – GLC Manager @ Ivanhoe Grammar School and Australia Partnerships

Aditi envisions a world where every child is smarter and kinder; and where both their minds and hearts have been educated. She is passionate about education, entrepreneurship and exploration.

Aditi got her first taste for entrepreneurship when she started and grew her first NGO at the age of 17. Since then, she has worked across the globe in the education sector, as a program manager, curriculum designer and facilitator, teacher, researcher, content developer, designer and impact evaluator.

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Ali Meighan – International Program Director

Ali Meighan – International Program Director

Born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, Ali Meighan’s passion for travel was sparked through a high school trip to China. This initial experience prompted her to return to China to study abroad during college, where she was able to blend her love of art, history, and Asian culture. After receiving her bachelor’s in Art History from Syracuse University, Ali returned to China once more, where she inadvertently fell into the world of education. She spent four years teaching English and Geography at an international school in Shanghai, an experience which ignited her love of working with international youth.

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Eric Dooley-Feldman – Stamford Partnership Manager

Eric Dooley-Feldman – Stamford Partnership Manager

Eric Dooley-Feldman has worked as an outdoor guide, counselor, coach, and educator throughout the world. After graduating from Connecticut College with a Bachelors degree in Anthropology in 2009, he moved to Wyoming to pursue a passion for outdoor adventure and exploration. Since then, Eric has served as a Naturalist throughout the National Parks and Forests of California, an adventure guide for students in Costa Rica, a community service and cultural immersion trip leader in Ecuador, a master senior field guide for Open Sky Wilderness Therapy, a guidance counselor in residential group homes, and an alpine ski coach for 10-14 year old racers in the Tetons of Wyoming.

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Pawel Pasek – Program Operations Manager

Pawel Pasek – Program Operations Manager

Paw hails from Poznan, Poland. After spending a few months in Turkey, he became interested in experiential education after counseling winter camps in his home country, then first leading students through the Appalachia Mountains at Camp Becket in Massachusetts and finally managing the camp trekking trips after three years.

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Mary Ulseth – Program Manager

Mary Ulseth – Program Manager

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mary Ulseth’s passion for travel and interest in cultural exchange has a long and varied history. It began in Latin America, where she discovered her love for foreign languages, community development, and salsa dancing. She further pursued these endeavors in college by majoring in Anthropology and Global Development Studies and since then has continued to explore issues surrounding women’s rights, social justice, and experiential education in Southeast Asia.

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Jasnam Sachathep – Program Operations Manager

Jasnam Sachathep – Program Operations Manager

Jasnam Sachathep is a Thai-Indian who has lived in Bangkok all her life. She is is passionate about bringing change to Thailand and the world, and she has worked in the public sector with many different NGOs since she her days in university. Jasnam got her Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University in M.A., USA in triple majors Economics, Sociology and International Global Studies.

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Nick Hathaway – Program Officer (PIA Fellow)

Nick Hathaway – Program Officer (PIA Fellow)

Nick spent his youth between the cityscape of St. Louis and camping in the rural plains of Missouri. He studied journalism while at university, although experiential education transcended his formal learning. Furthermore, Nick delivered individualized presentations to classrooms from 15 to nearly 400 students promoting his university’s multicultural certificate, which emphasizes an education on multicultural and global issues.

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Monica Davis – North America Partnership Manager

Monica Davis – North America Partnership Manager

Monica is a life enthusiast who views the world as a continual opportunity for adventure and learning. Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Monica has a myriad of experience event planning regionally and nationally. Some of her projects include: the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, two tours with The David Suzuki Foundation (ENGO), and TED Talks. She graduated from Capilano University with a B.A. in Tourism Management. Work has taken Monica to SE Asia, the USA, England, across Canada and through BC. After four years of JUMP! contract work Monica was impassioned by what she was part of and started a JUMP! hub in Canada. With great support from the JUMP! team she has been building it up since Jan...

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Qin Dong – Program Officer

Qin Dong – Program Officer

Qin was born in Shanxi province and majored in Philosophy at Jilin University. While she was in college, she had a life-changing experience: an study abroad trip to Finland. It was her first chance to immerse herself in a different culture and start to reflect on the educational system she grew up with in China. Driven by the desire to delve deeper into international education, she then chose to do her 6-month internship at GJIS, one of the leading international schools in Jakarta. In Qin’s early stage of professional life, nothing had a bigger impact on her understanding of rural China than her two-year Teach for China fellowship in a remote town in Yunnan Province. It helped her realize that the meaning of education is not just to help the students develop learning skills, but to motivate them to have a wider range of personal development and then to develop the community they live in. After finishing her fellowship, she entered the corporate world and expected to be influential in boosting community development; however, it came to a point that she became clearly aware that her own passion was still in education, and she soon jumped over to one of the best experiential learning programs in the world:...

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Linda Zhang – Operations Officer

Linda Zhang – Operations Officer

Linda was born in the northeast of China. During her early age, she moved a lot along with her parents and grew up in more than 6 provinces in China, which developed her insight and passion for experiencing various cultural environments. After graduating from college in China, majoring in English and Economics, she went to the UK and received her Master’s in marketing and management. Before JUMP!, she worked as the program manager in an animal protection NGO for 3 years,  being true to her love and passion for animals. During the experience of working on campaigns and fundraising, she realized that youth education is definitely worth devoting her...

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Mengya Wang

Mengya Wang

Mengya was born and raised in Beijing, China. Instead of signing a contract to play professional volleyball in China, Mengya chose to pursue higher education in the U.S. and play NCAA Division 1 volleyball on a full scholarship. She got on an exciting journey through Kansas, Washington, California, and Peru. With over ten years of experience in playing and coaching at high-level volleyball teams, she has developed strong interests in learning and training teamwork and leadership. After receiving an MBA from Dominican University of California, Mengya is now back to her homeland and continue to pursue her passion for education as well as the work of non-profit...

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Winn Anuworakarn – Finance Officer

Winn Anuworakarn – Finance Officer

Winn was born in Thailand, lived in the UK and Australia for 13 years where he completed his degrees in accounting and IT. He has moved back to Thailand since 2014. He has a passion for travel, culture and arts. He enjoys playing Sudoku and badminton.

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Joshua Gortney – Director of JUMP! China

Joshua Gortney – Director of JUMP! China

Born in Northeast Ohio, Joshua Gortney can tell you every notable person who was born, raised, or spent any significant amount of time in the Buckeye state. Joshua went to undergrad on a track scholarship, but his plans to become an Olympic pole vaulter took a backseat to his plans to intersect his interests in politics, education, and travel.

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Irene Wu – JUMP! Development Partnership Manager

Irene Wu – JUMP! Development Partnership Manager

Forever a practical idealist, Irene has tried to create meaningful social changes by performing as a professional musician, teaching youngsters in schools, contributing to state-wide education initiatives and federal research studies, and working on community development projects. Born in Beijing and raised in Japan and Hong Kong, Irene took a leap of faith to theUnited States at the age of 15 in search for a better education. Her experience living and working in five drastically varied countries across three continents convinced her that social cohesion is a prerequisite for sustainable development, and education is the gateway to achieving social cohesion. Irene is incredibly grateful and humbled that through her work with JUMP!, she gets to work alongside future generations as they discover their responsibility as global citizens, develop as changemakers, and ultimately, work collectively to leave the world a little bit (or a lot) better than how they inherited...

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Duke Xu – China Partnership Manager

Duke Xu – China Partnership Manager

Duke is proud to be a native Shanghainese who knows where to find the most authentic local food in the city. He obtained his Master’s degree in International Education Policy & Management at Vanderbilt University. Along the journey, Duke initiated two technology start-up projects that one of the top accelerators in China has invested in as co-founder. He also led a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting stronger relationships between college students from China and the U.S.

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Yufei Du – Program Manager

Yufei Du – Program Manager

Yufei was born in Shandong Province of China, the hometown of both Confucius and Tsingtao Beer. He spent his first 17 years in China as some sort of “a good student;” later he went to college at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Although Yufei had majors in both International Relations and Economics, his curiosity has led him seek knowledge far beyond fixed academic disciplines.

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Coco Chen – Program Officer

Coco Chen – Program Officer

Born and raised in a countryside of Hunan province, in the Southern part of China, Coco Chen spent most of her childhood playing outside or playing ping-pong and badminton with her friends. She recently graduated from the China University of Geoscience in Beijing in June 2014, where she spent her days studying English a bit, but mostly doing volunteer jobs, making new friends in the community, and exploring different places in China.

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Esmeralda Herrera – Program Officer (Princeton in Asia Fellow)

Esmeralda Herrera – Program Officer (Princeton in Asia Fellow)

Hailing from Bronx, NYC, Esmeralda Herrera holds a Bachelor degree from Reed College where she studied Linguistics and Political Science. Since then Esmeralda has worked in over 15 public/alternative schools in both New York City and Portland, Oregon. In Portland she has led her own alternative educational program with a strong social work lens. Mrs. Herrera has both grown-up and engaged in a diverse set of programming and event management for organizations like Harlem’s Children Zone, AmeriCorps, Reed College’s Office for Institutional Diversity, and Cascade Aids to name a few.

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Jane Pau – Director of HR & Operations

Jane Pau – Director of HR & Operations

Jane is from the buzzing city of Hong Kong, and has had fortunate opportunities to spent parts of her life studying and working in Australia, Canada, U.K. and the U.S. While being in the corporate sector for over 12 years, managing various retail and service businesses, her experience of living in different places and meeting people from all walks of life have sprung into an interest in humanity. In 2009, Jane engaged herself in earthquake relief work in Sichuan to help rebuild homes and provide psychological support to families who have lost their love ones. Following that, she continued to steer into the direction of assisting others and managed an NGO that brings neonatal healthcare to some of the poorest locations in China, as well as offered herself in teaching yoga to local communities in Hong Kong. Jane’s strong passion in community development has led her to join Jump! as the Director of Human Resources and Operations in 2017. Jane’s favourite pastime is yoga, diving, and exploring good coffee and food… making Bangkok the perfect place to...

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Xueyan Liu – Senior Operations Manager – China

Xueyan Liu – Senior Operations Manager – China

Xueyan was born in Jiangsu Province in Southern China. After obtaining her Bachelors degree in Economics, she moved to Germany to pursue a Masters degree in Sustainable Resource Management at the Technology University of Munich in 2004. After worked in the business sector for over four years, she realized that the sustainable development and social responsibilities in enterprises are very important topics for emerging China.

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